The Importance of News


News keeps people aware of current events that affect them personally and/or professionally. Keeping up with the local and international news can help a person understand how to best live their lives, as well as keep informed of issues that may affect the community, state or country. News also helps to break down complicated ideas and concepts into more manageable pieces that can be understood by the average reader.

People read newspapers, watch TV news programs, listen to the radio and use the Internet to stay up to date on current events. News does not only inform, but it can entertain as well. The entertainment in the news can come from many different areas – music and drama on television and radio, and crosswords and cartoons in the newspaper.

Generally speaking, the news that is published in the paper, on the radio and/or on the internet is decided upon by people who work for the news organization. These people are called editors, news directors or even news managers. They take recommendations from reporters and assistant editors but have the final say on what is considered to be newsworthy.

What makes a story newsworthy is not always easy to determine. However, the general rule of thumb is that a story will be newsworthy if it is new, unusual, interesting, significant or about people. Events that are happening in the area of a person’s home are not as important as an event occurring in the country next door or on the other side of the world.

Timeliness is another key element to a good news story. In order for a story to be considered to be breaking news it must be reported quickly and within a short period of time after the event has occurred.

When writing a news article it is very important to avoid using any jargon. Whether it is industry related or not, jargon can make an article difficult to read and understand. It is also very important to always spell out first names and initials for anyone who is being referred to in the news story. This way there is no confusion as to who is being referred to.

It is also important to remember that a story should be written for the audience that will be reading it. Knowing who that audience is will guide the writer on how to format the article and what information should be included in it. This is why it is important to ask the “5 W’s” – who, what, where, when and why.

After an article is written it should be read over again by someone else to ensure that it has been written clearly and that there are no spelling or grammatical errors in it. In addition, it is a good idea to have the editor read it as well so that they can catch any additional information that should be included in the article. Once all of this is done the news story is ready to be published.